İrem GÖL -TDO- On Monday, a plane carrying aid supplied for use in the fight against the coronavirus had crashed in Somalia, killing six people on board. Today, Ethiopia admitted it was behind the shooting down of the plane which belonged to Kenya. The aircraft was carrying humanitarian and medical supplied to help Somalia to fight the spread of coronavirus when it fell in Bardale, 300 km northwest of the capital Mogadishu.
According to the news released on Al Jazeera, the Ethiopian army said in a statement to the African Union that the plane was shot by the Ethiopian troops protecting a camp in the town of Bardale. The Ethiopian soldiers mistakenly believed the plane was on a potential suicide mission because they had not been informed about the “unusual flight” and the aircraft was flying low.
The Ethiopian military said: “Because of lack of communication and awareness, the aircraft was shot down. The incident will require mutual collaborative investigation team from Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to further understand the truth.”